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This super cool and comfortable little cottage on the river couldn't be more convenient to all that the great city of Portsmouth and beautiful surrounding area has to offer. Enjoy true walking access yet be in a quiet 18th c. residential neighborhood
In Portsmouth, NH's most historic waterfront neighborhood- you can smell the salt air. A small but awesome 1 bedroom, charming cottage with eat-in kitchen, cozy bedroom with luxurious, handmade mattress on queen bed and riverviews from every window.
In sight of Prescott Park and walking distance to all downtown has to offer: shops, restaurants, clubs, bars, the Music Hall, museums, Strawbery Banke, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. and so much more.
Just minutes drive to beaches in Rye, New Castle, Kittery, York or Hampton; 25 minutes to Ogunquit, Maine.
Furnished with brand new contemporary furniture, antiques and art.
Outdoor patio to watch the river traffic go by while enjoying your coffee or tea in the morning or glass of wine at night.
No off street parking but plenty of free street parking right in front of the cottage.
This is absolutely the coolest neighborhood in Portsmouth. You are in the hustle and bustle of Portsmouth's historic and lively downtown yet a step away in a peaceful, waterfront, residential neighborhood. The best of all worlds.
A few minutes walk brings you to the waterfront scene on Ceres and Bow Streets. The views are awesome and the tugboats are beautiful. The restaurants down here have connecting decks on the river's edge. My two favorites are the bars at the Old Ferry Landing (open spring & summer only) and the Martingale Wharf. I love the fried haddock sandwich with cheddar at the Ferry Landing- simple but more than the sum of its parts- always makes me happy. Martingale Wharf is more upscale but no less fun - nice selection of local craft beers on tap and creative cocktails served at a massive color-changing hand-poured glass bartop! At night there are firepit tables along their long, riverfront dock and the lights across the river are very dramatic. Ceres Bakery on Penhallow St. makes great inexpensive breakfast & lunch specials and sandwiches with their fresh baked bread- sort of of a healthy, hippie scene - one of my favorites for 30 years. Also for lunch I like District on Congress St., either inside or out, and Dos Amigos Burritos on State St. which is a little closer to the cottage (big burritos, mostly take-out with a few tables). Notice the red door to the left of Dos Amigos, this is a small speakeasy club at night called The Red Door (no sign); really good drinks and music, whether live or guest DJs.
Out of downtown, about a mile down Islington St., is Street. It features global street food mostly from S. America and Asia. The chicken cemita sandwich is just sick good, the noodle bowl with an egg and the bimbimbop are excellent along with the porchetta sandwich, falafal or grass-fed burger- funky street art, industrial ambiance, good beers, cocktails and cheap prices! The Wentworth by the Sea Hotel, which is a spectacular 10 minute drive along the water from the cottage (just keep following the water, away from downtown Portsmouth, over the causeway to the island) has a fairly new restaurant called SALT that is very Euro-sleek with nautical touches. It can be as casual or formal as you like, they offer it all with their wood-fired brick oven pizzas and craft beers to Mediterranean inspired, signature-chef-driven dishes. Sunday Brunch here is killer; the room-filling buffet includes unlimited sparkling wine. The Hotel also has a fun, casual restaurant across the street from the main hotel on the water called Latitudes (in season only) with the best cliffside, ocean view for dining in the area - very cool for just drinks or dining .
For dinner only, really close to the cottage is Mombo, maybe the best fine-dining restaurant in the city. Very beautiful decor in a 3 century old building, love this place. I often stop for a Cognac on my way walking back to the cottage after a night out in town. Moxy, just a few more minutes away and a block from the river on Penhallow St. has a great cocktail scene and wine list with an American tapas menu that has received a lot of attention from Food & Wine Magazine, James Beard Foundation etc. Everything is locally sourced, he only serves dinner. Cava is to the left of Moxy in the alley; excellent modern Spanish tapas, great wine list, an outdoor courtyard, a chef's bar and dining room on street level and a bar underground- reservations a must, they open at 3:30.
Louie's on Pleasant St. is the newest Italian restaurant in town and has an outstanding chef who really rocks it with seafood dishes. I think this is my favorite dinner place right now. There are 2 new oyster bars in town, the Franklin Oyster House, owned by the same chef/owner at Moxy, and Row 34, a Boston restaurant that has expanded to Portsmouth- both excellent.
New restaurants are not the only happening scene in Portsmouth. Massimo's has been rocking it with upscale Italian for a couple decades now but they opened a new bar with a smaller casual menu in a new space that has to be seen. Massimo's Upstairs is the perfect cozy winter spot for very creative handmade pasta dishes or charcuterie and a glass of wine.
Over the bridge in Kittery, Maine just 5-10 minutes away, are maybe the 4 best restaurants in the seacoast: Black Birch, Anju Noodle Bar (Korean fusion, ramen), Wallingford Dram and When Pigs Fly. The Dram has only 24 seats and is in a category all its own with their drink and small plates menu- very luxurious and fun for small money. Pigs Fly makes gourmet pizza in a huge wood-fired oven that dominates the open kitchen but they are so much more with a very chef-driven contemporary menu in a large industrial space. Black Birch has a line to get in everyday of the week from about 5pm on but it's worth it for their warm hospitality, 35 or so beers on tap, individualized mixology and gastro-pub food.
This list does not cover it all. There's the Library Restaurant, a steakhouse in an old former Victorian hotel; Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, Shalimar Indian Restaurant, Tulsi, Fezziwig's for dessert and cappuccino and Black Trumpet Bistro with their upstairs wine bar overlooking the tugboats- all worthy contenders.
I may have missed some other favorites so just ask me if you want to know about some other place I failed to mention.
Of course a picnic brought to any of the nightly shows, performances or concerts at Prescott Park is another great way to hang in my town.
Other things to note
There is no subscribed internet service in the house however I have no problem receiving wireless service on my laptop nor do any of my friends while there. There are two free internet hotspots you can access, xfinity and the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.
No smoking in house.
Check in at 3pm. Check-out by 11am.
Parking on the public street only. The driveway next to the cottage belongs to the neighbor and he may tow. Yikes!
Leave the cottage tidy; if you move any furniture return it to where you found it; wash any dishes you use and put them away. Just leave the trash and recyclables in the pantry, I'll discard them for you. Also don't worry about the bedding or towels, just leave the bed unmade and dirty towels in hanging in the bathroom.
Leave the keys in the kitchen when you check out and lock the door behind you.